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The basics to beef jerky include using beef that is sliced very thin and a good marinade.

hand holding bulgogi beef jerky.

For the beef, I use eye of round. It has slight marbling for flavor, but not so much that fat gets in the way of the jerky’s beefiness. You can slice it yourself, especially if you have a meat slicer. It slices best when it’s partially frozen. Or, you can ask your butcher to slice it. They’ll take care of it for you while you shop for everything else.

bottle of sauce with pink label next to sliced beef

While I was roaming the store, waiting for my beef, I knew I wanted to make bulgogi jerky, but I planned to make my own bulgogi marinade. Then, I came across a pre-made marinade called “We Rub You.” I thought the name was cute and the ingredients sounded good, so I decided to take a shortcut with this recipe.

You’ve probably had teriyaki beef jerky. It’s made with – wait for it – a teriyaki marinade. Bulgogi marinade is really similar but has the addition of apples and sesame.

The marinade comes in plain or spicy and is made with soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, onion, garlic, apple juice, spices and sesame seeds. Those are basically all the ingredients in my sauce. The spicy version has a ground red pepper for a little kick.

I recommend going with the spicy. When making jerky, you need powerful, concentrated flavors to end up with a savory bite. My mother-in-law, who can’t eat spicy foods, loved this jerky.

The process is so easy. You place the sliced beef in a zip-top bag, pour in the bottle, seal and massage. Then, refrigerate overnight.

bag of sliced beef covered with red sauce on gray table

The next morning, pat the jerky dry and place it on cookie racks on a 180F-degree smoker. Smoke it for about 4 hours. I usually check it at the 3-hour mark. Some of the thinner pieces may be done by that time. You want the jerky to be firm with a little chew.

One other thing that’s cool about this sauce is that the company donates 10% of its profits to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking. This company is also owned by two women – Ann and Janet Chung #GirlPower.

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Bulgogi Beef Jerky

Making beef jerky doesn’t have to be hard. With the help of your butcher and two ingredients, you could be enjoying bulgogi beef jerky tomorrow.
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 12 hours
Servings: 16



  • Ask your butcher to slice the eye of round against the grain into 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick slices.
  • Place the meat in a zip-top bag. Pour in the marinade. Seal tight and massage the marinade into the meat. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Heat the smoker to 180 F degrees.
  • Arrange the beef onto wire racks. Place the racks onto the smoker and smoke for 3-4 hours.


Thicker slices may take up to 5 hours to smoke, while thinner slices may be done in 3 hours.
When you pick up the slices, you want them to be stiff. If they bend, they need more time.
Refrigerate for up to one week.


Calories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 24gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 1049mgPotassium: 248mgSugar: 3gCalcium: 12mgIron: 2.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Korean
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  1. Hi there, sorry to comment on something that’s been posted a while ago. I have a Ninja Woodfire Grill. My local grocery store has a buy one get one free London Broil this week so I thought it might a good chance to try making jerky. Is cutting against the grain the move for jerky with London broil? I’d like to be the cool auntie that has good jerky that doesn’t embarrass my nephew and nieces. They’re active with sports and dance so getting a protein source that they like would be helpful between school and practice.

    1. I’ve never made jerky with London Broil, but yes. I would still slice it against the grain. I bet they’re going to love it.